The tourist office of France has confirmed that the winter ski holiday season has got off to an encouraging start, with heavy snowfall enabling some resorts to open early. Some of France's most famous skiing locations, including Les Deux Alpes, Tignes and Val Thorens, are already open for business. Another resort, Les Menuires, opened part of its ski domain on December 6th before officially opening on December 13th. Ski passes for the resort's first weekend were available at a special rate. Heavy snowfall in Chamonix also enabled the Grand Montets area to open on December 6th, with other skiing zones including Balme and Brevent-Flegere welcomed guests from December 20th. Avoriaz, Chatel and Les Gets partially opened last weekend after seeing snowfall of 120cm on the peaks of the ski domain of Les Portes du Soleil, while Les Orres in the southern Alps opened on December 13th. Keen skiers can fly to Grenoble, Lyon and Nice for easy access to France's Alpine ski resorts.